Interior Design is One of the Best ROI Home Improvements

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Interior design is one of the best ROI home improvements you can make for your luxury home. Your luxury custom home should not only look amazing, but reflect your personality and style, and it should function in a way that works with how you live your life. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we design with purpose and intention, in addition to great style!

Hiring an interior designer can provide upgraded functionality in your luxury custom home. Livability is key to enjoying a home. Professional interior design can help make the space more purposeful resulting in a house that lives as good as it looks. Interior design without livability is just a look. Instead, a luxury custom home should be a comfortable and stylish experience.

Interior designers also integrate better aesthetics and creative solutions for your home. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our design style is timeless and reflective. When working with us, your design is guaranteed to last through quality materials, creative intentions & personalization, all while being stunningly beautiful.

Is It Worth It to Hire an Interior Designer?

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our goal is to make each one of our clients feel at home in their living space. Through our personalized design process, we work to create homes that are unique, timeless, and reflective of the people who live in them.

We believe that your home is the one place you can escape to after a long day, a place to host and gather with family and friends, and a place that represents growth, memories, and stability. We do what we do in order to make your home beautiful and livable for the life you want to live within its walls. Below are three ways the benefit of hiring an interior designer outweighs the costs:

  1. Optimizing Your Time

We’ve been in the interior design industry long enough to know that building a home always seems to take a little bit longer than anyone originally anticipated. Delivery trucks always seem to come an hour after your 5-hour time window, and the couch you fell in love with won’t get shipped out for another 6 weeks… after it gets back in stock. We’ve learned to laugh through it all!

Hiring an interior designer takes the stress of time completely off your hands. We handle the entire process for you, so you can focus on the other things happening in your life. Having a professional manage your interior design project saves you time because you’re not worrying about it, we are!

  1. Improving your Home Value

The best part about hiring an interior designer is the happiness you will feel in your beautiful new home after the process is done. You really can’t put a price tag on the enjoyment of a refreshed space that perfectly reflects who you are and supports your lifestyle.

Another plus of hiring an interior designer is that you will experience an increase in your home’s value because we provide smart updates. As interior designers, we will guide you in making the right upgrades when getting a return on your investment.

Knowing the market is essential here! And as interior design professionals, we know the market. We will help you make wise decisions for resale value, but most importantly, we will make you feel happy and comfortable in your new space.

  1. Sticking To a Budget

If you decide to move forward with a design, working with an interior designer can actually save you money. When you first meet with us, we agree to a set budget based on your preferences and our fee structure. We work hard to stay within this budget and create a design that you will love! When trying to design a home on your own, it’s easy to spend carelessly and buy things that don’t fit with your space, wasting money in the long run.

In the luxury spaces where we practice, we help our clients know when to splurge on that exceptional piece for the room. We bring these pieces to you and make professional recommendations. We also tell you where you can save! Overall, we will help you make all the right decisions when it comes to your space so you are spending your money wisely.

As our client, you will also receive insider access to the interior design world. We have trade discounts, partners in moving and shipping, and the inside scoop on material costs that we share with you. With exclusive access to certain vendors, an interior designer will give you reduced pricing on items you won’t find in a retail environment.

Hiring an interior designer may seem daunting, but anyone can benefit from having a professional come in and add beautiful touches to your home or help with the process of building or remodeling. Reach out with any questions you may have about what we believe, what we do, or what you can expect from hiring Alisha Taylor Interiors.

Behind the Design: MODERN SUNSET

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#ModernSunset Kitchen Rendering

Join us as we go Behind the Design in our #ModernSunsetProject with Junior Designer, Marti Diehl! This project was architecturally designed by the incredible team at Cosan Studio, and the team currently in the works to make it a reality is A Finer Touch Construction. The anticipation for our #ModernSunsetProject has been growing since our clients first approached us three years ago! To achieve this intense hillside build, there needed to be highly detailed plans, very precise calculations, and careful consideration of the landscape. Marti Diehl has given us the inside scoop on what we can expect from this stunning hillside new build design.

We’re so excited for this project to wrap up in early Spring 2023. Could you explain what inspired the design direction for this new build project? 

Marti: The Modern Sunset project sits on a hillside lot with amazing views and the architect really set the tone by maximizing those views from as many angles as possible. From there the clients favored a simple, contemporary style with a soft, desert-inspired palette that we absolutely love. This style allows the views to be the star of the whole project and really highlights the indoor/outdoor nature of a home like this.

We love that the clients and team really wanted to highlight the mountain views in this design. Because this project has such an interesting site location & layout, could you tell us about the development of this idea?

Marti: Once the lot was picked, the process of figuring out the best placement of the home was the next big challenge. Getting the angles just right to have a perfect view of a mountain range from the kitchen sink or a beautiful rock formation as you walk down the glass-enclosed gallery was important. The architect and builder spent a good amount of time on this! Alisha even went on an early site visit where everyone hiked up from the street to understand the vision and discuss the placement of each space in this home.

During our design process, Alisha Taylor Interiors work closely with our clients to truly understand what their needs, desires, and pain points are. Because no two people are the same, no two homes or reasons to build a luxury home are the same. Why did these clients want to build a luxury custom home? 

Marti: These clients had a second home in Scottsdale that they loved to come spend some time at each year, but decided they wanted to upgrade to something that they could make their own and have more room for their grown kids and grandkids to come visit. A hillside project is never a small undertaking, but they hired the right team of builder, architect, and designer to make it amazing and luxurious!

I know it’s probably difficult to pick just one, but which spaces are you most excited about in this home? 

Marti: The great room and kitchen include an almost entirely glass wall that opens to make the patio, including a gorgeous, zero-edge pool, an extension of the living and entertaining space. It has 180-degree views over the surrounding landscape with city lights twinkling in the distance at night.

To complement that, this space was designed with so much function that will be perfect for our clients to host their family and friends. A spacious kitchen and dining space have tons of seating and a stunning bar nearby. The outdoor living space will be nearly as comfortable as the indoor living space since each one has a fireplace and cushy, upholstered seating for chatting by the pool or watching a game.

We are on the edge of our seats waiting for this project to be completed! Be sure to follow the progress on our social media! If you are ready to build your luxury custom home, we’d love to hear about your project!


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#ModernSunset Primary Bedroom Rendering
#ModernSunset Primary Suite Rendering

Why Interior Designers Review Your Architectural Plans


“Good design is understanding the story that needs to be told and creating an experience, not just a space.” – In Detail Interiors 

Architectural plans act as the detailed roadmap to executing our new build and remodel projects! They prevent miscommunication and expensive mistakes among the multiple parties involved in the process. We highly suggest the members of your dream team review your architectural floor plans because it allows multiple experts to evaluate and analyze the structure, flow, and design of the project before any dirt is moved.

Our Approach to Reviewing Your Architectural Plans

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our approach to designing your dream home starts with the architectural layout & functionality, then we move to beautify the space with stunning materials & a cohesive color palette. We work in coordination with your expert architect to create the most functional and efficient architectural plans for your lifestyle!

When starting the design process, we ask about lifestyle, level of luxury, needs & desires, and pain points. We use this information and translate it into architectural plans before any real design begins. The earlier we make those changes on paper, the less stressful and expensive they will be if we were to make them later. An interior designer should review your architectural plans because good design starts from the ground up and we ensure the best layout for your family’s needs. Working in tandem with the structure of the home, interior designers add dimension, character, and interest to a new build design.

Examples of Architectural Edits

A few examples of edits that an interior designer can make to your architectural plans could be relocating walls & doorways to make a room larger, adding floor plugs, moving outlets & switches to reflect the best furniture & artwork layout, repositing windows to allow more natural light, reimaging a bathroom layout to make room for a dressing area, or adding stunning molding detail to take the design to the next level. The architectural review allows your dream team the opportunity to really highlight the full potential of your design while managing the project budget in the most efficient way possible.

Why You Need an Architect AND Interior Designer

An architect’s role is to create functional spaces that meet the needs of our clients and work within the home’s structure. They’ll map out your floor plans to show the necessary rooms and the architectural style of your home. Because their primary focus is on the anatomy of the home, ours is on the finer details, lifestyle, and aesthetic needs of the home. That’s why we recommend hiring both an architect and interior designer as your core team members, in addition to your builder, for your new build project. Be sure to review our post on the benefits of hiring an architect and interior designer!

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we believe that luxury and indulgence can be felt in your everyday life, including in your own home. We will work closely with you in the architectural phase of the design process. While making your home beautiful is our main goal, we also want to make your space functional, livable, and comfortable. We have the expertise to make the dream drafted on paper, your reality!

Our Favorite Luxury Rooms To Design

When asked what our favorite luxury rooms are to design, we name every room because we can’t pick just one! Part of our design process is to gather insight into each of our client’s lifestyles and use that information to formulate a functional and stunning design. Each detail in every room has a story behind it and no two stories are the same! We can go on and on about what we love most about each project we’ve ever designed, but to make it simpler, we’ve broken down why we love designing our favorite luxury rooms and the little tips and tricks we as interior designers do when designing your luxury dream home!


As interior designers, our favorite part of designing kitchens is combining great function and beauty into the space. Our junior designer, Yliana, adds that when developing a luxury, yet personal, kitchen design, “we keep in mind the idea of ‘form follows function’”. She further explains that the purpose of a space is to be at the forefront of our minds, and second comes beauty. “Depending on our client’s needs, we incorporate intentional, functional elements into our kitchen designs. For example, accessible phone charging stations, specialized storage spaces for appliances, or designated, organized drawers for cooking utensils.” [Yliana, Junior Designer]. In the luxury kitchens we design, these elements are functional, yet all play in harmony with the intended design style!

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Primary Bathrooms

One of our favorite luxury rooms to design for our clients is their primary bathroom! In luxury custom homes, we have the opportunity to add elements that most common households would not typically include. For example, “In our #ExeterBlvdProject, we’ve designed the morning bar in the primary suite to have a refrigerator used for makeup storage and beverages!” [Yliana, Junior Designer]. Stay tuned on our social media to see this final design come to life! In each of our meetings, we discuss and brainstorm specific functions with clients that they might not initially think of but would love to have in the future. Our junior designer, Madi, adds that “there are so many bells and whistles that we can incorporate to elevate a client’s shower design and experience, such as rain heads, body jets, hand showers, steam showers, and more.”

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Primary Bedrooms

Primary bedrooms are so personal to each client! We take great care in analyzing what our clients envision for their dream bedroom. Typically, a primary bedroom design evokes a sense of calm through a soft color palette, quality and cozy furniture, and a functional layout. Our favorite part of designing a primary bedroom is the personalization that goes into each detail creating a tranquil space for our clients to end their day.

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Powder Bathrooms

Powder rooms are one of our favorites to design because the possibilities are endless! These rooms are typically small in overall square footage, so we like to push the boundaries in their designs with bold colors, unique furnishings, and/or high-quality materials. As interior designers, we look at powder bathrooms as an opportunity to input interesting “flooring tile and decorative lighting selections to really stand out.” [Madi, Junior Designer]. Our #GilbertFarmhouse secondary bathroom design called for a unique cabinetry color! This element adds a touch of drama without it being too overwhelming due to its minuscule footprint.

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Great Rooms

Typically, great rooms are considered one of the most significant spaces to design & furnish in a luxury home due to their sole purpose of gathering people. As designers, we put our efforts into both the building materials and the furniture selection & layout. When discussing our clients’ intended lifestyles, we make sure to reflect that entirely. Every great room must have a focal point, so we love to achieve that by designing beautiful fireplaces as the center of attention and placing furniture with that concept at the forefront.

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Our favorite part of designing home offices is creating an efficient working space that also acts as a comfortable place for conversation. A lot of times, we see that clients forget that their home office can also be an inspiring workspace through painted cabinetry, interesting furniture pieces and ambient lighting. We combined our #DCRanchVilla home office and sitting room concept into one to create a versatile space for these out-of-state clients. By designing custom built-in cabinetry with a laptop desk, and adding a comfy sofa and arm chair, this space can now be both functional and welcoming.

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Check out more of our favorite luxury rooms to design & our portfolio here!

How Much Does a Luxury New Build Cost?

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At our Luxury Dream Home Date Night Event, we discussed how our clients and industry professionals can navigate a luxury custom new build budget. We were honored to have Brady Fenn & Adam Kostis join us for the evening. Brady Fenn, with Fenn Rogers Custom Homes, is a luxury home builder, contractor, and remodeler, specializing in new build projects and full remodels. Adam Kostis is the Creative Director at Cosan Studio, a Scottsdale-based architectural firm, executing thoughtful, well-designed projects. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we are thrilled to have many projects with both Fenn Rogers Custom Homes & Cosan Studios creating efficient, beautiful, and well-thought-out homes for our clients.

The biggest question that we get in this professional field is, “How much is my luxury new build project going to cost?” And my short answer is, “I don’t know. We’ll add it up when it’s all done.” And that’s the case because there are so many unknowns. Brady and Adam are here to educate our readers about what to expect for a luxury new build budget.

As a custom home builder, Brady, how do you field those cost questions when referencing a luxury new build? 

Brady Fenn: The first few questions that we’ll need answered is, “What lot are you building on? What are the restrictions of your lot? Is it a flat lot? Is it easy to build on?” That’s kind of the first indicator to cost. The next indicator depends on your lifestyle. So, answering questions like, “What are you used to? What’s your current home like? Are you going to be building something similar to where they’re living now or is it going to be the next step to luxury?”

A question we like to ask to indicate the level of luxury is, “What appliance package are you used to?” That’s a big one. If it’s LG or it’s Subzero Wolf, then we know what type of client we’re dealing with and that can guide the cost of the project based on those expectations.

Yes, I agree. We navigate our clients’ budgets in the same way by really diving into what are they used to and what kind of lifestyle do they currently live or are expecting to live in their new build. What are you seeing for costs per square foot in this market right now from Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Queen Creek areas?

Brady Fenn: I think for us, we’re a little different kind of builder and the way we do things, but the bottom of what we could do starts at $350/sqft. But honestly, that’s getting harder to do. A year ago, that was a little bit easier to accomplish, but as prices and costs increase, and with so much demand, it’s getting hard to gauge. Ultimately, I would say the cost per square foot is in that $350 range up to even $1,200 a square foot. But with that being said, that cost includes the lot, the pool, and landscape design, whether this is a full turnkey package. There are just so many different variables to drive cost.

So many factors go into the cost of a luxury build. I like to use the analogy, “Well, how much would a car cost?” The response could be the cost of a Hyundai or the cost of an Aston Martin. So as the process goes on and as the designs from the architect and interior designer come in, we gather those little bits of knowledge to help to completely understand that budget and what level of luxury they want. My rule of thumb is to not be afraid of talking about budget and costs. As an interior designer, builder, architect, and especially as a client or homeowner, it’s important to tell your team what your expectations are. As an architect, Adam, how do you approach the conversation of budget with your clients?  

Adam Kostis: The earlier we know [your honest budget] on the front end of things, the better. As architects and interior designers, we value your constraints. Our job solely is to understand your constraints and your wants & needs and be able to assemble them into one package.

We want to push you in the design ability. We want to give you all those bells and whistles within your constraints, but we might have to dial back a little bit as we work through it. And that’s where Brady, your builder, comes in and starts putting numbers to those sticks & bricks and we work together to stay within that budget.

By the end of it, we’ve got something that you’re proud of and fits within your budgetary constraints.

Absolutely. And unfortunately, no one has a magic wand. Costs are costs. If budget isn’t shared, you are leaving a lot of room for headaches and negative outcomes. We all either design or build on any reasonable budget. Just because you have a luxury builder that has done an $800/sqft, doesn’t mean they can’t do the $400/sqft build. It’s just about education, expectations, and communication within your team!


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Project Reveal: Chandler Remodel Outdoor Project

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This luxury resort-style outdoor furniture project was an addition to our Chandler Remodel Project! We were thrilled to be able to take this beautiful project further than just the interiors. A lot of people may not know, but interior design can absolutely be extended to outdoor furnishings. In fact, if you’re looking for a fully transformed & completed interior design, you will want your luxury interior designer to furnish your patios, outdoor bars, and lounge areas!

This Resort-Style Backyard

After remodeling and furnishing their main living areas and primary suite, it was important to replicate the layout & function of the outdoors. The overall aesthetic of the outdoor furniture design was luxury & custom oasis. This design color palette played with muted tones and whites to not overshadow the beautifully designed landscape & pool. Our Junior Designer, Marti Diehl, expresses that “from the outdoor fireplace to the enormous crystal clear pool to the abundance of comfortable upholstered seating options, [this project] adds to an overall feeling of peace and tranquility. This backyard is the definition of a private, relaxing retreat, while also having enough space and accommodations to host a really good party!” There were five main outdoor areas to furnish on this floorplan, so our strategy was to allow each space to speak for its own while complimenting one another in design. When selecting outdoor furniture, it is important that they are not just comfortable and appealing options, but also equally durable and weather resistant. We opted for aluminum wood and performance fabrics to battle those scorching Arizona summers, but act as a wonderful entertainment space during those amazing cooler months!

The Bold Casita

The design for the casita called for bold patterns with a neutral color palette to reflect the interior of the main house. It features a main living space with access to a covered patio through glass sliding doors allowing a true indoor-outdoor experience. The casita also provides a dining nook with a built-in bench & a bold patterned backsplash in the kitchenette. In the guest bedroom, the neutral big-ticket items were accessorized with bold patterns and rich colors to make the room balanced. Guests will never want to leave this comfortable & inviting casita!

Modern Guest Bedroom Ideas to Fall in Love With

For most of the home designing process, analyzing how the layout and style of your home can best meet your needs and desires is of the utmost importance. However, when designing a guest bedroom, reframing your thought process to consider the needs of your guests and what would make them most comfortable is essential. 

Creating an inviting and functional space where your guests feel at home should be at the forefront of your mind when designing your guest bedroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it. 

In this article, we’ll suggest some modern guest bedroom ideas to make designing a stylish and functional guest room possible. 

7 Modern Guest Bedroom Ideas for 2023

Below are the seven top ideas for designing a modern guest bedroom in 2023.

1. Shiplap Accent Wall

A light-colored shiplap accent wall creates an elevated and inviting look in guest bedroom interior designs. This modern stylistic choice provides the room with depth and interest and is highly customizable, matching a wide range of design styles. 

In addition to adding visual interest, a vertical shiplap accent wall can add height to a room and is a common design technique used to help rooms with low ceilings feel larger. 


2. Play With Textures

Guest bedrooms offer significant freedom because you can avoid much of the clutter you may be forced to contend with in your primary bedroom. Playing with textures is the perfect way to add visual interest and dimension to your guest bedroom without relying heavily on patterns or bold colors. 

You can add texture to your guest room through various methods, from textured wallpaper to playing with different materials in the furniture and decor. However, the easiest and quickest way to add contrasting textures to your room is by using bedding like quilts, pillows, and throws with contrasting materials.

3. Add a Stunning Chandelier

A chandelier can instantly transform a simple, modern guest bed into a luxurious statement room. These accent lights come in many styles, materials, and sizes, so you can easily find one to match your design style. 

Our expert design team at Alisha Taylor can help you choose the right chandelier to fit your guest bedroom.

4. Use Unique Nightstands

If you want to keep your guest bedroom minimal and sleek, opting for unique nightstands like these adds intrigue to the room and takes your design to the next level.

The right nightstands will draw the eye without sacrificing functionality for your guests. Opt for nightstands with unique textures, materials, and shapes while ensuring guests have a place to set their things when they go to bed. 

5. Include a Seating Area

Including a seating area in one corner of your guest room offers your guests a place to sit where they can enjoy their coffee while watching the sunrise or lounge and read while they unwind from a long day. 

Like chandeliers and nightstands, accent chairs are available in virtually every style, so you can have fun creating a small seating space that matches your taste. 

6. Use Biophilic Interior Design

Biophilic interior design is focused on combining the inside world with the outside one, incorporating natural materials like living plants. Biophilic design has gained popularity after being reported to promote productivity and improve mental and physical health

By incorporating biophilic interior design elements into your guest bedroom, you can create a calm and inviting space for your guests to relax.

7. Use Tasteful Wallpaper

While bold wallpaper has been gaining traction in the interior design world, it can define a room in a way that might not be ideal for a guest room. Opting for a minimalistic wallpaper ensures your guest bedroom is neutral and comfortable enough for all your guests to feel at home.

When you style your guest bedroom with tasteful wallpaper, you can create a transitional design, which blends modern and traditional design styles for maximum flexibility over the remainder of your design choices. 

As you consider which of the above design ideas you want to implement in your guest bedroom, remember to think about your guests and keep them at the forefront of your mind. 

Work With Alisha Taylor Interiors for Your Modern Guest Bedroom

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we strive to provide our clients with expert guidance while helping to bring their design ideas to life. 

Take a look at our previous design work and reach out to us today for help designing your modern guest bedroom.


Interior Designers in Scottsdale: What Sets Alisha Taylor Apart

Choosing an interior designer for your home is a big decision. Your designer will work with the architect to manage the interior floor plan and overall flow of living spaces. From there, they will lead you through every aesthetic decision for the interior of your home and provide the builder with the detailed plans and specifications needed to make the project come to life. 

In short, an interior designer’s impact on the outcome of your home build or remodel can’t be overstated. Their valuable input and skill will ultimately define the outcome of a project.

If you are looking for interior designers in Scottsdale, there is no shortage of designers, decorators, and stylists from which to choose. But if you are seeking an experienced design team skilled at delivering luxurious, customized results, Alisha Taylor Interiors should be on the top of your list of potential design partners.

Who Is Alisha Taylor?

The namesake of Alisha Taylor Interiors, Alisha Taylor is an award-winning interior designer and entrepreneur based in the heart of Scottsdale. Alisha’s early love of interior design led her to embark on a formal design education, where she earned a B.A. in Interior Design before opening her design studio. 

For over 20 years, Alisha has helped clients translate their tastes and lifestyle aspirations into beautiful, customized interior spaces that impress. She is passionate about helping clients create a space that feels like home — beautiful, functional, and personal.

What Sets Alisha Taylor Interiors Apart From Other Interior Designers in Scottsdale

Alisha Taylor Interiors offers more than just design services to clients. Our expertise, philosophy, design process, and close collaboration with architects sets us apart from other interior designers in Scottsdale.

Alisha’s Expertise

Interior design isn’t just an art — it’s a craft that’s perfected through years of practice and experience. Alisha pairs an artful eye for design with extensive real-world experience executing projects of all sizes. 

In her 20+ years as a designer, she has honed the skill of understanding client needs and visions above all else. Her designs are executed with precision to bring luxurious, livable interiors to life for clients.

Alisha’s keen eye for talent has led her to build a dynamic team of designers and specialists who help her deliver custom, stunning designs to clients throughout the greater Scottsdale area.

Our Philosophy

Our design philosophy puts the client at the center of the design. Design should be an extension of your family, lifestyle, interests, and aspirations. 

We believe beautiful, functional design sets the background for a home’s life-making moments. We help clients realize spaces that are unique, luxurious, and seamlessly integrated into their lives. 

The Comprehensive Design Process

Through our years of experience, we have developed a design process that guides every project we take on, big or small. We break it down into easy-to-visualize phases and steps. 

Our transparent approach and meticulous process ensure clients are involved in every step of the project. Clients always know where the status of their project stands and are active participants in the entire design process.

Our Broad Range of Design Styles

Good interior design considers the vision and lifestyle of the client. We know that everyone has a sense of taste and aesthetic that is uniquely their own. It’s our job as designers to bring that individual sense of style to life. 

Through our high-touch design process, we work with clients to identify or enhance their style and translate that into interior landscapes that embody their ideals. 

We have extensive experience designing for various styles, including modern farmhouse, traditional, Scandinavian, transitional, and more. 

And though a project may be rooted in a specific design style, our projects never feel recycled or stale. We deliver timeless, original designs that are personalized to the client and the life to which they aspire.

Our Collaboration With Skilled Architects

As interior designers, we go beyond the scope of an interior decorator. Our education and experience include interior architecture, giving us a better understanding of what physical structures must be in place for a design to be realized. 

We work hand-in-hand with the best builders and architects in the greater Scottsdale area. When collaborating on a new build or complete remodel, we work directly with architects to deliver beautiful, personal results that honor structural integrity and architecture. 

Work With the Best Interior Designer in Scottsdale

If you’re ready to bring your interior vision to life, we’re prepared to help. Whether you’re building a new home in Scottsdale or planning a dream home remodel in Arcadia, we want to help you create a home that inspires you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can become your design partner. We can’t wait to hear from you. 


Building Your Luxury Custom Home Starts with Your Lot

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At our Luxury Dream Home Date Night Event, we discussed what steps to take when building your luxury dream home. We were honored to have Brady Fenn & Adam Kostis join us for the evening. Brady Fenn, with Fenn Rogers Custom Homes, is a luxury home builder, contractor, and remodeler, specializing in new builds and full remodels. Adam Kostis is the Creative Director at Cosan Studio, a Scottsdale-based architectural firm, executing thoughtful, well-designed projects.

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we are thrilled to have many projects with both Fenn Rogers Custom Homes & Cosan Studios creating efficient, beautiful, and well-thought-out homes for our clients.

One of the most common questions we get from clients starting their homebuilding journey is, “Where in the world do I start when wanting to build a luxury dream home?” Brady and Adam are here to educate our readers about what that very first step should be.

As an architect, what does Cosan Studio offer for that very first step to building a luxury custom home?

Adam Kostis: Even before coming to us, I think the best thing to do is to do your own research and get a short list of firms that you think are going to gel with in style and what you want for your home. Reach out to the creative director or principal and set up some one-on-one interviews. The journey of building a home is an 8-to-12-month relationship, so really making sure that you’re working with someone you gel well with and can make crucial decisions with is definitely number one on the list. It’s important that you are with someone that you’re happy and comfortable with for a long period of time.

As clients or potential clients are shopping for that custom home lot, what do you do, as architects, to help make that decision?

Adam Kostis: The first thing we do is make sure that you’re buying a lot that’ll give you what you want with your dream home. There are constraints, site forces, and things like setbacks. We want to make sure that we can provide exactly what you want on that lot. So, you don’t want to be buying a lot before you meet with an architect. I think that’s a little bit backward.

You’ll want to come to us, and we’ll do a feasibility study for you. What that entails is that we’ll analyze the site. We’ll draw a bubble diagram of where your house would sit and understand how the house could be laid out to make sure the lot is buildable. So that’s pretty much the initial step.

That’s so helpful because, unfortunately, we’ve seen custom home lots that are almost unbuildable. Our advice is to use your professionals to your advantage. Brady, as a custom home builder, you’ve got a lot of insight into cost. What’s great about that is that you can educate a client by just looking at some dirt. 

Brady Fenn: Yeah, absolutely. That’s something we like to do in the predesign phase. We typically go out and look at lots with potential clients and give them an idea of what the buildability is of the lot. Is it hillside? Is it going to require retaining walls? Are the utilities close? What does the HOA require as far as design guidelines? There are just so many things like that that are hard to understand if you’ve never gone through that process before.

Understanding that the same house can cost a totally different price on a different piece of dirt can guide the purchase of a lot. When building your luxury custom home, it’s important to consult with an architect and a builder before purchasing a lot to prevent unwanted surprises!  

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Decorative vs Builder-Grade Lighting for Luxury Custom Home Projects

The beauty of decorative lighting is its ability to transform a room by setting the mood, manipulating the colors throughout the design, and highlighting the architectural features of a space. It might not always seem like it, but lighting is one of the most important elements of a home. A well-lit home draws attention to every detail and showcases the quality & craftsmanship in the design.


Builder-grade lighting that is typically provided by your builder is recessed lighting, also known as can lights, which are used throughout the home as standard, but impactful lighting components. Builders also provide all light switches, including three-way switches with different access points and dimmer switches throughout the project. Because builder-grade lighting does not provide a variety of lighting layers in a space, we as designers, take it a step further by incorporating “decorative lighting” into the lighting plan. These fixtures provide different layers of light that every luxury space craves, while also acting as statement pieces in the entire home.




We like to use large chandeliers in the center of our great room, dining room, and entryway designs to act as the focal point. Chandeliers are great options to use when balancing the scale of a room, just be sure to hang them high enough to not hit anyone in the head!


Kitchens need bright lighting, as well as task lighting, in order to utilize the space in the best way. Hanging a pair of pendants over a large kitchen island will create balance and functionality, and introduce a new element into the design.

Semi-Flush or Flush Mounts

These fixtures are a great option for a room with a lower ceiling by giving the room some edge and a point of view. Flush mounts can serve the function of a chandelier without using too much space.

bathroom flush mount lighting
CHANDLER REMODEL | Circa Lighting – Markos Large Handing Shades in White with Gold

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces really add to the ambiance of a space while serving decorative and task functions. Designing two identical wall sconces flanking a vanity can create accent lighting for such an already large focal point in a space.

bathroom sconces
CHANDLER REMODEL | Circa Lighting – Calliope Tall Bath Light Sconce

Picture Lights

Picture lights are typically placed above a specific element to provide the most direct light and make it a focal point. For example, picture lights placed above a stunning piece of artwork give the scene a three-dimensional feel and highlight the intended textures within the composition.

dining nook picture light
MODERN ELEGANCE | Visual Comfort – Dean 18″ Picture Light

Table & Floor Lamps

Table lamps are small but mighty lighting options that add color and symmetry to a space. When table space is limited, floor lamps are a good option to provide variation in layering within the lighting plan, while still being a source of sufficient illumination.

sitting room floor lamp
DC RANCH VILLA | Circa Lighting – Alander Floor Lamp

Led by owner and Scottsdale interior designer Alisha Taylor, our firm focuses on unique personalization. No two clients are the same, so no two homes are the same either. We strive to enhance our clients’ lives by not only creating beautiful interiors for them but by keeping the design process understandable and efficient through a systematic method that allows them to visualize and be excited about their designs.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation to begin your journey to creating your luxury dream home.

Luxury Bathroom Vanities That Complete The Room

Luxury bathroom vanity.

A luxury bathroom is necessary for elevating any luxury home, and the most defining focal point of every bathroom is the vanity. Selecting the right luxury bathroom vanity to match the overall style and feel of your bathroom and home is essential to creating a harmonious space.

With so many different options, it can be challenging to narrow down the type of bathroom you want to design and what elements are required to bring that design to life. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we pride ourselves on creating effortless, timeless luxury spaces.

This guide will provide you with different luxury vanity styles to complete your bathroom design.

Why Get Luxury Bathroom Vanities?

Bathrooms are often overlooked when renovating and decorating homes because people spend less time in them compared to other areas of the house. Private bathrooms that guests don’t use are at particular risk of being bypassed when styling homes. But a few simple tweaks to these rooms can elevate the overall style significantly.

Luxury bathroom design can help create a cohesive feel within your home, ensuring every room in your house reflects style and class. One of the benefits of bathroom design is that there are typically few elements within these rooms, meaning minor adjustments can make a huge difference.

Opting for a luxury bathroom vanity can instantly transform your bathroom’s look and ensure that you and your guests have a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience when using the most private rooms in your home.

5 Types of Luxury Bathroom Vanities You’ll Love

Consider one of the following luxury bathroom vanity styles as you update your existing bathroom or design a new one.

1. Vanity With Custom Cabinetry 

Vanity with custom cabinetry.

Building a luxury vanity with custom cabinetry is an excellent way to ensure your bathroom design fits your space and creates a cohesive feel with the rest of your home. Whether you have an oversized bathroom or a quarter bath, using custom cabinetry ensures that you maximize your storage functionality.

Elements, including hardware type, wood type, and paint color, all allow for the ultimate customization of your vanity’s appearance, which means you can design the luxury bathroom of your dreams.

2. Curved Front Vanity

Curved front vanities are an excellent way to add contrast and shape to bathrooms that otherwise exclusively use clean, sharp lines. While bathrooms clutter easily and often feature simple designs, a curved vanity is a perfect statement feature to add variation and interest to your bathroom.

Partner a curved vanity with organic materials like wood cabinetry and a carved stone sink to create an effortlessly luxurious design.

3. Flat-Panel Modern Vanity

Flat-panel modern vanity.

A flat-panel modern vanity is a perfect addition to any modern bathroom design. This luxury vanity utilizes clean lines and an understated, organic appearance that adds depth and warmth to modern bathrooms and pairs perfectly with waterfall marble top counters.

If you’re looking to design a modern luxury bathroom that doesn’t compromise function, then adding a flat-panel modern vanity is the way to go.

4. Traditional Double Vanity With Inset Cabinetry

Traditional double vanity with inset cabinetry.

Double vanities are practical for couples and families that need extra storage space and want to avoid getting in each other’s way while getting ready. These vanities are just as attractive as they are functional, and selecting a traditional double vanity with inset cabinetry ensures your bathroom has all the necessary storage space without the appearance of clutter.

White-on-white cabinetry and countertops are a classic choice for creating an airy, bright bathroom design.

5. Contemporary Wood Vanity With Vessel Sinks

Contemporary wood vanity with vessel sinks.

A contemporary wood vanity with vessel sinks is perfect for creating a spa-like atmosphere at home. Opt for a dark wood finish for the cabinets, and top it off with a granite or white marble countertop.

The warm, earthy atmosphere of the wood provides a balanced feel, while the raised sink elevates the overall design.

Remodeling bathrooms can be both fun and challenging because of the limited space and limitless possibilities, and there are endless options for selecting a luxury bathroom vanity for your bathroom.

Work With Alisha Taylor Interiors for Luxury Bathroom Design

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our design focuses on your desires and lifestyle needs. We work closely with you to help design a home you love and bring your vision to life. With years of experience designing luxury bathrooms, we can help you select a stunning vanity that will complement the overall design of your bathroom.

Take a look at our work and reach out today to see how our team can help you design the luxury bathroom of your dreams.

What Happens During the Ordering & Procurement Phase of Your Luxury Custom Home Project

ordering and procurement phase

After you’ve approved your new spaces based on our design presentations visualizing the made-to-order furniture pieces, custom pillows and window treatments, and the best rug for each room, we enter the Ordering & Procurement Phase of the design process.

Ordering Your Furniture & Furnishings

We can’t deny that this is the stage where your patience is required. And yes, we’ll admit it’s even hard for us to be patient once we get excited about a gorgeous design! The beautiful pieces you chose to become part of your interiors must be ordered, fabricated, and shipped. We coordinate all the purchase orders, track shipping, and have items shipped to our receiver. Our incredible receivers at Fully Loaded Deliveries meticulously inspect each item, submit images, and carefully store them in their warehouse until installation day. You don’t have to do any of the work!

To keep the ball rolling, we will be in touch with you twice a month with updates. If we are notified of any back-ordered items, we will communicate that to you! And unfortunately, sometimes these gorgeous pieces experience a long journey to our warehouse and may come in with some nicks and dings. But don’t worry! We handle all manufacturing claims and repair/reorder any damaged items, and everything is inspected before it reaches your home.

Ordering & Procurement Phase Timeline

Custom furniture is not made with a magic wand. Talented artisans create your items, sometimes from scratch. It’s a labor of love for everyone, so lead times can change because of these talented human hands making sure they get your furniture or workroom items right! So, it’s important to understand that we share the information that we receive right from the factories and workrooms. This information may not always be perfectly accurate and may change. Updates may not be what you want, but we strive for honesty and transparency in updating you!

Depending on the complexity of your project and the customization of your specific pieces the ordering & procurement phase can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months, up to a year. Our Business & Logistics Director, Emma, will be in contact about what your specific project timeline will be based on your specifics.

Preventing Major Surprises

To avoid surprises at the end of your project, we include all costs including shipping, receiving, delivery, and installation in our proposals before you approve anything! When it comes to budget, it’s important to communicate your needs and realistic expectations. We work hard to establish a budget upfront and include all costs before we start ordering because no one likes surprise expenses.

With all of our interior design services in Scottsdale, we take great care to ensure the process is smooth and fun for clients. We understand the importance of having a well-designed home you can be proud of and we are thrilled to help you bring your dream home to life. If you’re ready to start designing your custom luxury dream home with us, contact us for more information on our process!

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